Sunday, January 25, 2015

Creative Shop Stamper Review

Hi friends! Today I have a review of the stamper from Creative Shop, a Ukraine based online shop. I had seen a lot of people starting to use this stamper over the last couple months and when Ksenija of Creative Shop asked me if I wanted to review the stamper I jumped at the opportunity. The stamper is made out of a unique material unlike any of the other stampers I own, has a large silver holder with a unique shape, and did I mention it's huge! Take a look at the size compared to the stamper I currently use from EBay. It also came with a card containing the shop info and doubles as a scraper.

As you can see the Creative Shop stamper on the right is made of a semitransparent soft silicone. It's not as squishy as a "squishy stamper," but still conforms to the nail. It's hard to describe but basically when I press my finger into the center of my regular stamper, the stamper "spills over" the sides as it's so soft. If I do that with the Creative Shop stamper, my finger still goes deep into the stamper, but it doesn't "spill over" the sides if that makes sense. 

When I first used the stamper for this manicure, I noticed that there were "hairs" on the edges of the stamped images which I have never encountered before. You can see them if you look up close, but no one is going to notice them since they're so tiny.

I also used the stamper for another manicure. I decided to do a mani inspired by Deborah of Love Varnish. I did this Gelibility manicure using China Glaze Lotus Begin and stamped using MoYou London Pro 06 in Mundo de Unas White and A-England Crown of Thistles. I didn't get any of the "hairs" with this second manicure.

All of the thin lines transferred very well, but I will note that compared to my other stamper, the lines are a little finer. If I were to compare it to fonts, I would say my regular stamper transfers "bold" and the Creative Shop stamper transfers "regular." This is something that would be a matter of preference as sometimes I want my images bold and there are other times where I want to do something that won't cover up too much of my base. 

I won't be ditching my regular stamper, but overall this is a great stamper. It transfers images very well, it's easy to use, doesn't need any priming, feels comfortable to hold, the stamper head didn't fall out while I used it, and it's huge. You can purchase this stamper here for $8.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gold stamping over Matte Black

Hi lovelies! I started school again this week which was no fun, but that just means I'm another week closer to graduating. Today I have some gold stamping over matte black. I was inspired from a notebook I saw in a post from Makeup and Beauty blog. I love when I see something and immediately have a nail idea pop into my head. It happens a lot, but I forget most of my ideas probably because I know I won't have time to execute them all.

For this mani I used China Glaze Liquid Leather and then topped it off with Essie Matte About You. Then I stamped using MoYou London Pro 01 and Konad M59 in Mundo de Unas Gold. I just placed another order from Mundo de Unas and I can't wait to get all my new stamping polishes next month so I can do more color combinations especially for the upcoming Spring and Summer months!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, Konad M79, & Bundle Monster BM-317

Hi beauties! Whomp whomp--back to work tomorrow and I start school again this week. The good news is that it's my LAST semester of school and I doubt I'll ever go back. This semester won't go by fast enough. Today I have a Gelibility gel mani I did a week ago. I used OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around and stamped using Konad M79 and Bundle Monster BM-317 in Mundo de Unas Black. Glitter is Zoya Pixie Dust Dahlia. I absolutely love how these turned out! I got the inspiration from my one of my boss's blouses lol.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

OPI Nordic Saran Wrap Smush & MoYou London Princess 12

Happy Saturday! Today I have a mani I wore a week ago to a friend's birthday party. I wanted something colorful and eye-catching, so I went with something I haven't done in such a long time--a saran wrap mani! I do love how saran wrap manis look, but it just takes a little bit more time and clean up than a typical manicure so I don't do them very often. Maybe if I had Liquid Palisade I would do more messy nail art, but I just haven't taken the plunge yet. What are your thoughts from those of you who have tried it?

 I started off with a white base of Morgan Taylor All White Now and then did the saran wrap smush using blobs of OPI Can't Afjord Not To, OPI Suzi Has A Swede Tooth, and OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid. Lastly, I stamped using MoYou London Princess 12 in Mundo de Unas White.